The Briggs Farm Blues Festival begins today. The first act — Ed Randazzo and Bret Alexander — is scheduled to go on stage at 2:30 on the back porch. Also performing at Briggs are The Badlees, Nate Myers & The Aces, Terry “Harmonica” Bean and Clarence Spady, to name a few. Now you want to go, right?
This festival is a favorite of blues fans from all over. Briggs Farm has been recognized and inducted as “a great blues festival” in the Blues Hall of Fame. Briggs Farm is nestled in the countryside of Nescopeck. There are hotels nearby and camping is available. Complete information can be found at www.briggsfarm.com.
Elsewhere today, Alf Bashore will be playing the dulcimer for the lunch crowd at Brews and Bytes on Mulberry Street in Danville from noon to 2 p.m.
The Frank Wicher Band will be at Knoebel’s bandshell, in Elysburg, all day with shows at 1:30, 6 and 8:30 p.m.
John Sweeney and Tom Rosencrans will be playing some vintage blues together from 6-8 at Edythe’s Kitchen in Catawissa.
Jeff Brown will be at Berwick Brewery, on the deck from 6-10 and Brandon Barnhart is at McGuigans in Sunbury between 6:30-8:30.
In Milton, Ye Olde Meeting Place is hosting an open jam. Music starts about 9:30 p.m. If you play an instrument or sing, you are invited to come on out and join in.
Ricky and Harv are at the Scarlet D in Mifflinburg in the Mifflinburg Hotel from 8-11.
The Horse Flies, a band from New York, will be at Elk Creek Cafe & Ale Works, located on Route 45 at the light in Millheim. This special guest band will begin playing at 8:30 p.m. They play what has been called “demented, post-modern mountain music.” They sound pretty good. Lots of energy in their songs. It should be a good time. There is a $12 cover.
Among the regular Friday happenings: Lux Bridge is at Puirseil’s Irish Pub in Lewisburg starting at 7 p.m. with an open Irish jam session to follow.
Please send news about music and venues to Terry Baylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5 p.m. on Monday for inclusion in Thursday’s “Now Here This.” Photos always welcome.